The Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians (5-3-1, 3-0 Region 7-3A) defeated the North Hall Lady Trojans (2-3, 0-0 Region 7-3A) on the road on Tuesday night. Senior Hope Kenney had a hat trick to help lead her team to a 6-1 victory.
The first of Kenney’s goals came just three minutes into the game and was assisted by freshman Rae Lynn Meyers. North Hall tied the game by scoring about halfway through the first half. Kenney responded by scoring her second goal of the game as the Lady Indians took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
The second half started off slow, but junior Ashley Read scored the first goal of the half with 22 minutes remaining. Sophomore Reagan Spivey scored two goals in less than five minutes to extend the Lady Indians’ lead to 5-1. Kenney sealed the win with her third goal of the game with 14 minutes remaining, as Lumpkin Co. won the match 6-1.
The Lady Indians’ next game will be on Thursday, March 12th, as they travel to play at Fannin Co.
In matchup of top-10 teams, the Dawson Co. Lady Tigers played against the Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians on Tuesday in Dahlonega. The Lady Tigers walked away with a 64-51 victory.
Senior guard Sophia D’Oliveira led the way with 22 points for Dawson Co. (7-5, 3-1 Region 7-AAA). Another senior for the Lady Tigers, Marlie Townley, was the second-leading scorer with 17 in the game.
Freshmen guard Lexi Pierce led the Lady Indians in scoring with 14 points. Junior guard Isabel Davenport and freshmen post Kate Jackson both had 12 in the game for Lumpkin Co. (7-5, 2-3 Region 7-AAA).
The Lady Tigers struck first by scoring the first eight points of the game. The Lady Indians responded by going on an 8-0 run of their own. The teams traded scores the rest of the quarter, until D’Oliveira hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 19-15 lead.
Lumpkin Co. started the second quarter on an 8-2 run to take the lead. Dawson Co. then responded with an 8-2 run of their own to retake their lead. The Lady Indians scored the final 5 points of the half to cut Dawson Co.’s halftime lead to 32-31.
The Lady Indians started off the second half with a pair of free throws. Dawson Co. then took control of the game. Aside from a 3-pointer from Lumpkin late in the quarter, the Lady Tigers scored the final 13 points of the quarter. This gave them a 45-36 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Lumpkin Co. scored five of the first seven points of the fourth before the Lady Tigers had another big run. An 11-0 run extended the Lady Tiger lead to 58-41. Dawson Co. went on to win the game 64-51.
The Lady Indians will return to action on Friday at Banks County High School at 6 p.m.
The Lady Tigers’ next game will also be on Friday. They host Oconee Co. at 5:30 p.m.
The Lumpkin County Lady Indians softball team finished as runner-up in the region 7 3A championship after falling short in a double header on Wednesday night.
The Lady Indians faced off against region opponent East Hall. The top-two teams in their region battled earlier in the season at Lumpkin County. The Vikings defeated the Lady Indians at home in the regular season game, and the latter was looking for the opposite to happen at East Hall.
It is a rivalry that many hoped would end with a comeback for the Lady Indians, but unfortunately ended with the Vikings on top 6-1 in the first game and 16-0 in the second.
Lumpkin County played solid defense in the first game
The Vikings jumped ahead with an early lead after their first at bat. Macy Banks, starting pitcher for East Hall, hit a single to right field. Her teammate Abigail Brown put the ball into play immediately after, giving the Vikings time to score and get on the board first.
During Viking Callie Dale’s turn at bat, the ball got past Lady Indians catcher Natalie Schubert and East Hall got their second run. Dale followed with a double, and the Vikings gained their third run. The Lady Indians defense kicked in, and a great play by second baseman Alyssa Pulley got the third out.
For several innings neither team scored as the others defense went to work. Natalie Robinson took the mound for the Lady Indians and pitched six innings.
The highlight of the Lady Indians offense came in the top of the fourth inning. Third baseman Lauren English stepped up to bat, and launched an out of the park home run to left field. As she rounded the bases, her teammates came onto the field to greet her at home plate.
Several other great offensive moments for the Lady Indians included two singles by Alyssa Pulley and a single by Natalie Schubert.
Despite Lumpkin County’s best efforts, the Vikings scored three more runs to extend their lead. A couple of walks and a single by Viking Grace Smith put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth.
The Lady Indians held the Vikings from scoring more runs for a couple more innings by playing great defense. A great running catch by left fielder AK Wilson turned into a double play after she threw the ball to Alyssa Pulley at first.
The final run of the game for the Vikings came after a single by Gracie Ausborn to clinch the first win 6-1.
Lady Indians offense struggled in second game
The Vikings again jumped ahead with an early lead after back to back singles to start the second game. They
also scored eight runs over a lengthy eighth inning that secured them the lead.
Although they battled for hits during each at bat, the Lady Indians were unable to score.
English took the mound as the starting pitcher for Lumpkin County, and pitched a total of three innings. Emmie Graham came in at the top of the fourth and pitched one inning.
The final score was 16-0.
The Lady Indians are officially the second seed heading into playoffs for the state championship. They will host the third seed from region 5 3A on Wednesday, October 9th.
A couple of hits for the Panthers and mistakes from the Lady Indians allowed Union County to get on the board first at Tuesday night’s game. Although both teams played a solid game, in a theme that seems to be recurrent for the Lady Indians this season, Lumpkin started to come back in the bottom of the fifth for an overall 5-4 victory.
The first couple of innings displayed the defensive strength of both teams. Both teams put the ball into play during their first at-bats, but couldn’t get anything on the board before the other would get the third out. The Lady Indians defense had an especially great three up, three down for the top of the second inning.
Union County starting pitcher Megan Bright pitched a total of four strikeouts after 4 2/3 innings. Starting pitcher for the Lady Indians Natalie Robinson stayed in the entire game and pitched a great six innings with two strikeouts.
Runners started to score for Union in the top of the fourth after a double by center fielder Mary Wischmeyer. A single to right field by third baseman Caley Davis advanced Wischmeyer to third, who was then able to score after the ball got past Lumpkin catcher Natalie Schubert. An error by Lumpkin first baseman Hannah Pulley gave the Panthers time to get another run on the board, as did when the ball got past Schubert again. At the end of the inning the Panthers were ahead 4-0.
The Lady Indians left two stranded in the bottom of the fourth, but fought to keep the Panthers back in the top of the fifth. Second baseman Alyssa Pulley played an exceptional inning defensively, with a pop up catch for the first out, a diving catch for an attempt at the second out, and a running catch to get the third out.
The bats were hot for the Lady Indians in the bottom of the fifth, started off by a single to left field by shortstop Evee Dornhecker. Third baseman Lauren English followed with a double, and the Lady Indians got their first run of the night. Schubert hit a single to center field for the second run, and first baseman Hannah Pulley drilled a single to the wall at center field to score courtesy runner Kelsey Marshall and right fielder Haley Voyles. When the dust settled at the end of the inning the Lady Indians had tied the game 4-4.
A couple of easy outs kept the Panthers from scoring any more runs in the top of the sixth. When the Lady Indians came back up to bat in the bottom of the inning, English hit another double to bring in a RBI and the final run. The Panthers were unable to get anything else past the Lumpkin defense, and the game ended after the top of the seventh inning.
Lady Indians head coach Joe Jones said of the game, “Offensively we waited a little while to adjust, but we finally got some big hits with runners in scoring position and I’m proud of us for sticking with it.”
The Lady Indians will head to Chestatee tonight for a 5 p.m. game. They will be back home on Thursday to face Chestatee again at 5 p.m.
Lady Indians starting pitcher Natalie Robinson deserved the “Dub Club” sign she wore after an incredible game on Thursday that helped her team to defeat region opponent Fannin County on Thursday. Robinson pitched a solid four innings with two strikeouts and only allowing two runs. Other incredible offense for the Lady Indians included two singles with a RBI and a double for shortstop Evee Dornhecker, and a double with 2 RBIs for catcher Natalie Schubert.
The Lady Rebels were the first to score with one run in the top of the first. A couple of bunts got the bases loaded for the Lady Rebels, and then a single to center field by catcher Eryn Mealer brought in a runner.
The Lady Indians were quick to come back with a lead off single by Dornhecker. Third baseman Lauren English hit the ball straight to the Lady Rebels’ shortstop, but an error on the shortstop gave English time to be safe at first. Catcher Natalie Robinson sent the ball right to the shortstop again, this time for an out, but not before Dornhecker could score and tie the game. Right fielder Haley Voyles hit a single to right field to bring in English, and the Lady Indians left the inning with a 2-1 lead.
The next couple of innings were brief for both teams, giving a chance for the defense to shine. In the top of the second inning, Robinson pitched two back-to-back strikeouts.
The offense started to pick back up in the top of the fourth with another single by Mealer. Starting pitcher Kaelyn Hensley put down a sacrifice bunt to bring in Mealer, and the Lady Rebels tied the game at a score of 2-2.
The Lady Indians offense came to life in the bottom of the fourth, starting off with a double to center field by Dornhecker. The next couple of batters for the Lady Indians resulted in walks, and when Schubert launched a double to the center field wall she brought in an easy two runs to pull the Lady Indians ahead 4-2.
The Lady Indians were in great scoring position, and they took advantage of it. Voyles followed Schubert with a single to bring in a runner. Another runner scored after designated player Emmie Graham put the ball into play. First baseman for the Lady Indians Hannah Pulley followed with a single of her own to bring home one of her teammates and push the score to 7-2 Lady Indians.
The Lady Indians were once again in great scoring position after a couple more walks. Back at the top of the lineup Dornhecker hit a single to right field to earn a RBI. English followed with the same, and then Robinson launched an out-of-the-park bomb to center field for two more RBIs. When the Lady Indians left the inning they held a lead of 12-2.
Unfortunately the Lady Rebels couldn’t get anything going in the next half-inning, and the Lady Indians won on a run rule after four-and-a-half innings 12-2.
Head coach for the Lady Indians Joe Jones was pleased with the team’s performance.
“[We] did a much better job adjusting quickly. Great ball game, they did a great job mixing up pitchers and keeping our timing off,” said Coach Jones.
The Lady Rebels alternated their pitching between three women including Hensley and Josilyn Newton. The Lady Rebels are scheduled to take on East Hall on Saturday.
The Lady Indians are on a region play break, as they are scheduled to face Union away next Wednesday. They will then take on Oconee County and Locust Grove.
The Lumpkin County Lady Indians softball team finished off their non-region play on a positive note. They won their third game of the week against the Chestatee Lady War Eagles at home on Thursday.
The Lady War Eagles showed up ready to fight for a come back from their 17-0 loss against the Lady Indians on Tuesday. Shortstop K.T. Palmieri hit a leadoff single for the Lady War Eagles in the top of the first. Unfortunately the next couple of batters were unable to put the ball into play like they needed, and the Lady War Eagles left one stranded going into the bottom of the inning.
The Lady Indians spent the next couple of innings battling to put runs on the board. Starting pitcher Natalie Robinson drilled a double to center field, and catcher Natalie Schubert brought in the first run of the game right after with a single to left field.
During their next turn to bat the Lady Indians scored a total of six runs to bump the score up 7-0. Hayley Voyles hit a single to center field, and an error on the Lady War Eagles allowed the runners to advance. A string of back-to-back walks and singles gained the Lady Indians three more runs. This drive was capped off by a double from Schubert that brought in three runners. After some impressive offense the Lady Indians left the inning with a comfortable lead.
The Lady War Eagles fought over the next couple of innings to put runs on the board. A couple of singles put the ball into play, but great defense from the Lady Indians held them back.
In the bottom of the fourth the Lady War Eagles walked Robinson and Lauren English. With her teammates in great scoring position, substitute catcher Grace Jones launched a double to left field to score a run. Two batters later, Voyles sent the ball to left field again to bring home two Lady Indians. Another error on the Lady War Eagles gave Voyles time to come home, and the Lady Indians went from an 8-0 lead to an 11-0 lead. After the Lady War Eagles were unable to put anything else on the board in the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Indians won on another run rule 11-0.
Starting pitcher for the Lady Indians Natalie Robinson pitched a total of four and a half innings allowing no runs with five strikeouts. The Lady Indians have a record of 4-4 going into their first region game against Dawson County on Monday.
“Tomorrow we’re gonna work,” said head coach Joe Jones about preparing for region play. “We’re gonna have a good workout tomorrow, give them a little time to recuperate this weekend and hopefully go and play with a lot of confidence on Monday.”